President and CEO
The Ralph M. Parsons
Roy & Patricia Disney
Anthony & Jeanne Pritzker
Vice President of Advancement
Skirball Cultural Center
Wendy Garen, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
Wendy has played an integral role in the life of the Parsons Foundation, becoming the President and CEO in 2008 after working for the Foundation in increasing levels of responsibility for more than twenty years. She was a founding staff member of the children’s nonprofit Crystal Stairs and headed the Los Angeles Child Care and Development Council. She was on the founding board of the Broad Stage, and currently serves on the board of The Trusteeship/International Women’s Forum, the California advisory board of the Milken Institute, the advisory board of the USC Center for Philanthropy and Public Policy, and a Senior Fellow at the UCLA Luskin School, where she received her master’s in urban planning with a focus on public policy. In January 2014, Wendy was elected board chair of Southern California Grantmakers, a regional association of more than 220 individual philanthropists, and private, independent, operating and community foundations as well as grantmaking nonprofits. SCG is a leadership hub for members to connect with each other, improve their grantmaking and amplify their independent efforts through collaborative work. Wendy is frequently a panelist at local and national meetings for philanthropy.
Sylia Obagi, Executive Director, Roy & Patricia Disney Family Foundation
Sylia Obagi serves as the Executive Director of the Roy & Patricia Disney Family Foundation, one of the newest family foundations in Los Angeles. Sylia is currently leading the 16-member board of directors through a strategic planning process to establish the organization's mission, vision, grantmaking priorities, next generation leadership, and to position the organization as a nimble, catalytic, and strategic sector-level partner with community stakeholders.
Prior to this role, she served as the second most senior executive at the Annenberg Foundation as the Director of Programs & Operations. Sylia’s broad portfolio of responsibilities included being the principal architect and steward of the Foundation's VISION+ approach to its responsive grantmaking, Annenberg Alchemy the foundation's investment in strengthening over 2,000 nonprofit leaders and boards, and launching LA n Sync a collective impact initiative positioning Los Angeles as the pre-eminent destination for investment, and attracting over $1B in new financial resources over 10 years to solve the region's most pressing priorities. Previously, Sylia served as Vice President of the Community College Foundation (CCF) where she led the largest division, providing social service programs at 50 community colleges and serving over 15,000 individuals and families each year. Prior to CCF, Sylia worked as a CPA with Arthur Andersen for five years.
Sylia serves on the board of Southern California Grantmakers, and on the advisory boards of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, REDF, and the LA chapter of Advisors in Philanthropy. Sylia is actively involved in local philanthropic initiatives with the goal of breaking down silos and creating opportunities for efficiency and effectiveness throughout the nonprofit sector. She is a certified governance trainer with BoardSource and volunteers her time as a coach and mentor for nonprofit organizations. She earned her MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and her undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Accounting from California State University, Northridge.
Tara Roth, President, Goldhirsh Foundation
Tara Roth is the president of the Goldhirsh Foundation. Prior to this role, Tara bridged the worlds of marketing, media, and philanthropy as the founding COO of GOOD and a social strategy advisor. Tara began her career in marketing and business development for NBCinternet and Infoseek. She has worked with organizations such as Participant Media, Fifteen Foundation, and the New Schools Venture Fund. As a senior advisor toGOOD, Tara helped launch the Pepsi Refresh Project.
Tara received a bachelor’s degree at Cornell University, and has an MBA from Oxford University where she was awarded a Skoll scholarship in social entrepreneurship. Tara serves on the executive council of Innovate LA (InLA), on the board of Southern California Grantmakers, as an advisory board member of LA n Sync's Bell Commission and 826LA, and is a Senior Fellow at USC's Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab.
Winnie Wechsler, Executive Director, Anthony & Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation
Winnie Wechsler is executive director of the Anthony & Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation, which for over a decade has been investing in strengthening many of the unique institutions that define Los Angeles. The foundation aims to enrich our community not just for the present, but for generations to come, with particular focus on medicine, higher education, the environment, the arts, and foster care.
Before joining the foundation two years ago, Ms. Wechsler served as executive director of Phoenix Houses of California for nine years. Prior to her work in non-profit management, Ms. Wechsler worked for twenty years in media and communications, including serving as a senior executive company at The Walt Disney Company for 14 years. She left Disney in 1999 to launch Lightspan, an education technology start-up that she helped take public in 2000.
Ms. Wechsler is a board member of Foster Care Counts, a non-profit started by Jeanne Pritzker, which helps raise awareness and serve the needs of foster youth and families in Los Angeles. She has a BA from Wellesley College in Russian Studies and an MBA from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania.
Jocelyn Tetel, Vice President of Advancement, Skirball Cultural Center
Jocelyn Tetel is the Vice President of Advancement at the Skirball Cultural Center. Joining the Skirball in 1997, she oversees the Advancement Department which is responsible for advancing the Skirball’s mission through fundraising, strategic planning, government relations, and public affairs. She oversees fundraising activities that support Skirball’s general operations and temporary museum exhibitions, and assists with capital campaigns. She serves on the Board of Directors of Exceptional Children’s Foundation, Southern California Foster Family & Adoption Agency, and WRAPP. She is on the Advisory Board of Broads Circle, is a member of the Fellows of Contemporary Art, and is involved with numerous other arts and cultural organizations.
5:00-6:00pm Networking/cocktail reception (Luxe Terrace)
-Program begins- (Luxe Ballroom)
6:00-6:15pm Welcome/Sponsor comments
6:15-7:15pm Introductions and moderated panel discussion
7:15-7:30pm Q&A/Closing comments
7:30-8:00pm Post-event Networking - cookies & decaf coffee/tea service
June 5, 2014
Consumer Products Panel & Top Women of Influence in LA Awards
TOP WOMEN OF INFLUENCE IN LA - Category Winners:
Cheryl Calhoun, Managing Director, Tax & Business Management, CBIZ MHM, LLC
Banking - Commercial Banking
President and COO, East West Bancorp, Inc. and East West Bank
Banking - Investment Banking
Chief Investment Officer and Managing Director, ImpactAssets
Banking - Fund Managers
Eva Yazhari, CEO, Beyond Capital Fund
Jeri Harman, Managing Partner, Avante Mezzanine Partners
Larraine Segil, CEO, Little Farm Company and Board Director Frontier Communications among others
C-Suite - CEOs & Presidents
Deborah Benton, Former President & COO, Nasty Gal
Susan Feldman, Co-founder & Chief Merchandising Officer,
One Kings Lane
C-Suite - CFOs
Susan Collyns, CFO, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp
Pamela Palmer, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
Carol Bradford, General Counsel, California Community Foundation
Therese Tucker, CEO and Founder, BlackLine Systems
Dr. Nazli Azimi, Founder and CEO, Bioniz
Talent Acquisition & Diversity
Kimberly Congdon, Managing Director and CHRO, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
Debra Langford, The Langford Company and Associate Director, Diversity Programs,
Keenan MBA Career Resources Center, USC
Daisy Auger-Dominguez, Vice President, Talent Acquisition and Organization &
Workforce Diversity, Disney ABC Television Group
Marketing & PR
Linda Whalen, Western US Brand and External Communications Leader
Ernst & Young LLP
Nonprofit & Philanthropy
Elizabeth Stewart, Co-founder and CEO, The Hub LA
René Jones, Director, UTA Foundation
Jocelyn Tetel, Vice President Advancement, Skirball Cultural Center